NHL Playoffs 2011, Rangers Vs. Capitals Final Score: Washington Wins, 2-1, Behind Alexander Semin's Overtime Goal

The Washington Capitals have eased their fans' concerns, at least for one night, winning a tense and exciting Game One of their best-of-seven first round playoff series, 2-1, against the New York Rangers. Alexander Semin scored the game-winning goal with just 1:36 remaining in the first overtime, his first goal in 14 playoff games.

Washington, the top seed in the Eastern Conference, headed to overtime with New York for the sixth time in their playoff history, and increased their win total in such battles to four. Semin's goal came on a one timer that found that net off a nifty Jason Arnott pass. The goal not only was a huge leap forward for his team, but an individual step forward for Semin as well, given his playoff goalless streak. Alex Ovechkin also scored for the Capitals.

A fun fact before I head out: 67 percent of the teams that win game one of a NHL playoff series win the series. Knowledge is power. Rock the Red.

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